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Healdsburg likely to revisit fluoridation

Generations of Healdsburg residents have grown up with fluoride in their water.

But that could change, now that a group of activists has gathered sufficient signatures to put a measure on the ballot to try to get the city to stop fluoridating.

City officials confirmed that “Fluoride Free Healdsburg” gathered 867 signatures certified as valid by the county Registrar of Voters, well over the approximate 600 needed — 10 percent of registered voters — to place an initiative on the ballot.

The City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider the matter.

Healdsburg will use sales tax surplus to add staff

Healdsburg’s voter-approved sales tax increase is generating even more than anticipated, allowing the city to direct more money to things like road repair and public safety and even make some improvements to the city owned Villa Chanticleer.

Candidates emerging for vacant Healdsburg seats

Two Healdsburg City Council members are not running for re-election, but candidates are emerging to fill their seats. Both council members Jim Wood and Susan Jones say they will not seek re-election in November, providing an opening for hopefuls vying to succeed them. Healdsburg Planning Commissioner Jeff Civian and winery owner Tim Meinken have announced their intent to run.

Healdsburg’s Saggio Hills project may start next year

Saggio Hills, the long delayed luxury hotel and residential development on the north fringe of Healdsburg, is moving forward again after being hobbled by legal challenges and a downturn in the economy.

Healdsburg debates efforts to remain a small town

A citizens' group seeking to limit the size of new hotels and retain Healdsburg's small town character got some defensive reactions Monday night from City Council members and others who praised the city's ability to handle growth and preserve the quality of life.

Two out-of-town animal agencies partner with Healdsburg shelter

The next chapter in Healdsburg’s effort to provide quality care for stray dogs and cats debuts today when two nonprofit organizations from outside the city officially grab the leash of animal control and sheltering services. The Sonoma Humane Society and Petaluma Animal Services Foundation are taking over following the demise of the city’s independently run Healdsburg Animal Shelter last summer.

Fluoride opponents target Healdsburg water

For more than 60 years, fluoride has been added to Healdsburg’s water to fight tooth decay. But that could end if opponents of fluoridated drinking water convince a majority of voters to stop the practice. Activists recently filed a notice of intent to begin circulating petitions to put the issue on the ballot.

Healdsburg group challenges growth issues in flyer

A citizens’ group that’s battled hotel development in Healdsburg in the name of protecting small town charm is mailing out flyers this week to all registered voters in the city to “create public awareness” on growth issues and enlist support for its goals.

Healdsburg use of reclaimed water delayed

Healdsburg’s offer to help grape growers and farmers weather the drought by offering them reclaimed water was welcomed by the agricultural community. But two weeks after the City Council took action in a special meeting to start making millions of gallons of highly treated wastewater available, the spigot remains turned off.

Healdsburg moves roundabout plan forward

A long-planned traffic roundabout at a tricky, five-way central Healdsburg intersection advanced this week with the City Council authorizing $997,000 for its design.

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